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Shalako (1968)

M/PG | | Western | 13 December 1968 (UK)
In 1880 New Mexico, a group of European hunters runs afoul of the Apache but is aided by an ex-cavalryman turned guide.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Louis L'Amour (novel), James Griffith (screenplay) (as J.J. Griffith) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Shalako
Brigitte Bardot ... Irina Lazaar
Stephen Boyd ... Bosky Fulton
Jack Hawkins ... Sir Charles Daggett
Peter van Eyck ... Frederick Von Hallstatt (as Peter Van Eyck)
Honor Blackman ... Lady Daggett
Woody Strode ... Chato
Eric Sykes ... Mako
Alexander Knox ... Henry Clarke
Valerie French ... Elena Clarke
Julián Mateos ... Rojas (as Julian Mateos)
Don 'Red' Barry ... Buffalo (as Donald Barry)
Rodd Redwing ... Chato's Father
Chief Tug Smith Chief Tug Smith ... Loco (as 'Chief' Tug Smith)
Hans De Vries Hans De Vries ... Hans
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Storyline

Shalako, the hunter and tracker, has to save a party of European hunters who are in danger from an Indian uprising. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Sean Connery is Shalako! Shalako means action! Action means Bardot!

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Western

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Language:

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Release Date:

13 December 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Edward Dmytryk's Shalako See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,455,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,855,800, 31 December 1968
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Brigitte Bardot was an early choice to portray Tracy in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). She was unable to do so because she was shooting this movie with Sir Sean Connery, on a temporary sabbatical from 007. See more »

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As the Apaches attack the camp, a brave is shot from his horse.As he rolls on the ground, his wig comes off, revealing short, light brown hair. See more »

Quotes

Moses Zebulon 'Shalako' Carlin: What if I just took what I wanted?
Countess Irina Lazaar: I would kill you !
Moses Zebulon 'Shalako' Carlin: At least I would die happy.
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The assault and killing of Lady Daggett was heavily cut from UK cinema prints though later video releases were intact. See more »

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Referenced in The Postgraduate Course in Sexual Love (1970) See more »

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Shalako
Words by Jim Dale
Music by Robert Farnon (uncredited)
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75% Entertaining
1 September 2007 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

Given its director (Edward Dmytryk) and its cast (Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot) it is rather odd that 'Shalako" (1969) is such an obscure film and that so many of the comments/reviews are totally negative. "Spaghetti" westerns (filmed in Italy or Spain) were quite the rage in the late 1960's and "Shalako" is about what you would get if "Hombre" (1967) had been given a mild "Spaghetti" treatment.

While not even remotely on the level of Monte Hellman's stuff, "Shalako" is an entertaining and comprehensible western that most viewers will get into and enjoy until about the ¾ mark when the wheels fall off and it drags along to a less than spectacular resolution.

Dmytryk was a veteran action director who occasionally ("Eight Iron Men" and "The Young Lions") even did a good job of directing actors for the camera. This was one of his last efforts and he seems to have stayed focused on the action and paid little attention to the performances themselves.

Connery plays the title character, an experienced frontiersman who (like Paul Newman in "Hombre") is forced by circumstances into guiding a bunch of clueless civilians to safety. "Hombre" had Newman (a white man raised by Indians) in the moral dilemma of having to assist a group of people for which he has total contempt. Shalako ' s situation is simpler: he must extract a European aristocrat's hunting party who have ticked off the Apache's by coming onto their reservation and who have been betrayed by their cowboy hunting guides. Although he has little use for most of this group he has developed a grudging respect for a plucky countess (Bardot). There is decent chemistry in the early Connery-Bardot scenes but it does not sustain itself as the relationship begins to turn romantic.

As in "Hombre" there is an interesting twist with the young wife (Honor Blackman) of one of the aristocrats deciding to leave her husband for the dangerous cowboy (Stephan Boyd) who has just placed the group at the mercy of the elements (and the Indians). Blackman is excellent in this part , the only really challenging role in the production.

Dmytryk does an excellent job with his first three action sequences, including a surprisingly credible dawn attack on the camp of the hunting party and a more traditional stagecoach chase sequence. But as already mentioned, the film is extremely front-end loaded and he has dissipated all the tension before the climatic sequence even begins.

"Hombre" on the other hand withheld its best sequence until the end and managed to pack some nice irony into its resolution. You won't find this in "Shalako", in fact the final 20 minutes are so listless your mind begins mulling over the plot holes. Like how did Boyd's character manage to walk all the way to the top of the plateau without being detected by the Indians? When you have to insert a detailed verbal explanation for something totally inexplicable (that has happened "off" camera) a competent editor knows that it is time for some major trimming and a focused director begins revising his script.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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